The News: Fresh, Queer Performance

What: The News, an evening of queer performance

When: Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 7:30–9pm, house opens at 7pm

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $5 admission. Advance tickets:

The News is the new place to see fresh, queer performance by Bay Area artists. On the first Tuesday of each month The News will spotlight performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, groups, or troupes. An informal session for artist-led critical feedback follows the performances.

The July edition of The News features performances by creator, curator & host Kolmel WithLove, as well as Hysteria, Sam Kehl, Peter Max Lawrence, Elizabeth McSurdy and Manish.


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Sam Kehl first made his performance poetry debut when he was a freshman in high school at age 14 or 15. At 16 he began his journey into electronic music as a drumnbass and experimental DJ, and was playing out professionally by 17. Going to school at Eugene Lang College in Manhattan for playwriting at 18, he studied all types of theater and all other forms of writing that he could fit into his schedule. Finally, beginning to write and produce his own electronic music that he fused with recorded vocals in his early twenties, he combined his lyrics with music and eventually got signed under the name Samuelroy on the label less than a year after he moved to the Bay area in late 2007. Just a few years ago he rekindled his theater skills by writing and producing plays, most often with the performance group he co-founded, the League of Burnt Children. Still playing music shows with his band Waylon Smithers that includes drag sensation Miss Rahni, soundtracking numerous pieces of theater and video largely with League of Burnt Children creator BJ Dini, and producing musical tracks with the likes of Kallisto, Lady Bear, Jamie Sharp, Cleonette Harris and quite a few others, Sam decided to get his feet wet in combining two of his major passions: written text and his own electronic music soundtracks. An ever growing and still experimental process, he and his audiences have been happy enough to keep this format moving along. He hopes to capture fleeting emotional and introspective moments which coincide both deliberately, but also sometimes randomly between the music and the text.

Manish is a writer, soon-to-be life coach, and coordinator of Peacock Rebellion, a new Bay Area based, queer~trans people of color -led, sassy, sexy, snarky group for the transformative arts. Peacock’s first show, Agency: A QTPOC Cabaret on the Nonprofit Industrial Complex, debuts this Fall. Manish has performed live or on video at Whipped, Reclaiming the Rites, Freedom Dreams, Hotpot, We Are Who We Say We Are: The Barbershop Stories, the U.S. Social Forum, CUAV’s Safetyfest, Our Space, and elsewhere, most often as part of Mangos With Chili. He thinks you’re cute.

Peter Max Lawrence is an artist, filmmaker and instigator. Over the course of his life, he has created a large and diverse body of work, exploring a wide variety of approaches, media and themes. Lawrence’s visual art, performances and videos have been presented internationally in venues ranging from basement bathrooms to major museums. Among his recent works of note are the critically acclaimed “QUEER in KANSAS,” “Warholics” and the experimental short “de Young,” which was created while working as an artist in residence at the museum and was later featured on KQED’s “Truly California.” He has also directed music videos for Carletta Sue Kay, Krystle Warren and Troops. Currently he is the curator for The One and Art Thieves as well as developing various collaborations with other musicians, artists and writers. Born in Topeka; adopted soon thereafter and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, he currently lives in San Francisco, California.

Hysteria is a performer, activist, and gender fucking goblin queen living in West Oakland. In their spare time they make concoctions of harmony, vulnerability, power, and laughter which they spread on the stage in the form of performance and emotion. They are new to the Bay Area, but you can expect to see more of them in the future.

Elizabeth McSurdy is a dancer/performer, lighting designer and perpetual student. She makes small works for the stage, gallery, living room and occasional squatted storefront. Her performance musings can be found at

Kolmel Withlove is the creator and the host of The News. Kolmel, curates, builds cameras and costumes, collaborates with other artists, makes films, and performs. Her films have screened in a variety of settings including: Frameline Film Festival, MIX Mexico, Seattle Center of Contemporary Art, RAID Projects and in the upcoming book and DVD “Strange Attractors.”

Kolmel has performed in venues including Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, SOMArts Cultural Center, Highways Performance Space, The Velaslavasay Panorama Theatre, The Garage, various galleries, a few living rooms, two very nice leather bars, and a piano lounge. More information: